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Message From The CEO


We’re grateful to have you on this journey with us! I can’t believe it’s been over 20 years since the first Jobs for Life (JfL) class. Who would have thought back in 1996 when a group of pastors and business leaders got together to help 6 people get jobs that we would be where we are today?

Compelled by Jesus’ prayer in John 17, “I brought you glory on earth, Father, by completing the work you gave me to do,” we experienced another year of God’s power and provision.

Here are some of the highlights from 2016:

  1. We held City Celebrations in 4 cities to acknowledge and award the outstanding accomplishments of students, churches, and businesses engaged with JfL. At these celebrations, we gave out the McCoy-Mangum Award to the individual or group who embodied the values and heartbeat of JfL begun by our founders, Pastor Donald McCoy and Chris Mangum.

  2. We launched JfL CORE, a training to equip men and women to lead JfL classes.
  3. Miea Walker, a JfL employee, was highlighted in the cover story of Christianity Today’s September issue focused on incarceration and the Church’s response.
  4. Groups in 23 cities, including over 150 people in Kampala, Uganda, gathered for our Global Breakfast of Champions, a livestreamed event in September to cast vision in current JfL cities and plant seeds for future JfL City Networks.
  5. 491 individuals, families, churches, businesses and foundations invested financially in JfL, a 50% increase from the number of investors in 2015.

In addition, we hired The Sagamore Institute to do an extensive study of our work so that we could understand more fully the impact churches, organizations, and businesses are having through JfL. In this annual report, you will see Sagamore’s findings that show JfL’s current strengths, what led to our positive outcomes, and ways we can improve. Studying our sites with strong outcomes has helped us identify key success factors we hope to replicate across our network. Most of those that reported high job placement rates, for example, have led JfL classes for three years or more, have an experienced businessperson on their leadership team, and have mobilized a strong pool of committed mentors.

Sagamore’s work has also exposed some of our challenges—namely our need to offer better training for our leaders and volunteers, improve our data collection, and deepen our sites’ connection to the business community.

Along with these challenges, we experienced a financial loss in 2016 as our fundraising efforts did not meet expectations. While this was unexpected, it has been an opportunity for us to refine what we do, cut costs in various areas, and make sure we are focused on our mission going forward.

Upon recent approval of our strategic plan, we have simplified our mission and vision and identified four key strategic areas of focus—training, equipping, connecting, and sustaining—to help us achieve the following goals by 2020:

  1. JfL City Networks in 20 cities
  2. 75% of site leaders trained by 2020
  3. 70% of sites with over 50% job placement rates and positive relationship outcomes

Pursuing these goals is only possible because of thousands of people, like yourself, who own this mission with us. We praise God for your partnership and the way He is leveraging all of us to transform lives through the dignity of work.

In His glory,

David Spickard

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Measuring Impact

In 2016 we embarked on a journey to improve our data collection methods and to determine the most authentic and accurate way to measure true transformational change in a JfL class. While numbers alone are insufficient to measure fruitfulness; we do believe numbers can be leveraged to beautifully represent the value of people and their unique stories.

With that in mind we engaged an independent research firm, The Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, to externally evaluate the impact of our job preparedness training course and how well we equip churches and ministries through training.

>> Learn more about the National Survey

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Training Leaders

In 2016, we launched a new training called “JfL CORE” that focused on teaching the key steps necessary to prepare, start and sustain a Jobs for Life ministry. Throughout the training, JfL leadership teams were lead through biblical principles, proven strategies, and logistics that would help them in preparing men and women for meaningful work in their cities.

Moving forward, JfL CORE Training will focus on the four following areas of strengthening JfL classes:

  1. Building Relationships
  2. Recruiting Businesses
  3. Building a Trained Leadership Team
  4. Implementing Advanced Facilitation Techniques

>> Learn more about JfL CORE

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Going Deeper In Cities

To combat poverty and unemployment locally, Jobs for Life goes deeper in cities.

In 2016 we saw amazing work and powerful results in the City Networks centered in Raleigh (NC), Nashville (TN), Tampa (FL), Atlanta (GA), and Charleston (SC).

In these cities, churches, businesses, nonprofits, and government entities are banding together to tackle the issues of joblessness and relational brokenness they are encountering. This year, even more cities are joining with us, including the Hampton Roads Area and Greater Richmond Area in VA.

Watch the video of a City Network in action in the Triangle Area of NC, where over 40 churches, ministries, and businesses are joining together to help people flourish in their work and relationships in their city.

>> Learn more about the JfL City Networks

Download the 2016 JfL Annual Report

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